New Playlist: Dance Through 2014!

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Happy first day of 2014! As you might know, I'm not huge on resolutions—I prefer setting goals, intentions and adding things to my life rather than taking them away (why stress about omitting gluten when you're not intolerant)? More power to you if they work for you, though! This year, my main goal is to try something completely new each week. That adds up to 52 never-done-before activities by this time next year! I'm excited to get ...continue reading

Top 13 Healthful Bites Posts of 2013

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Happy almost 2014! I hope you all are enjoying wonderful, relaxing celebrations with family and friends. A couple days after my holiday party, I drove to my hometown to see my parents and sisters and to bake, eat, read, relax, join Mom for some workouts, watch movies (go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!) and unwrap all sorts of running-related gifts. My family knows me well! I've also had fun clicking back through old blog posts ...continue reading

Christmas Dips and Drinks

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Mission holiday party is complete! On Friday, I hosted about 30 close friends for appetizers, drinks and desserts to celebrate the season rather than getting everyone gifts. Greatest idea ever. As you can see, I had an awful time with my girl Bethany and the rest of the crew. :) There were plenty of sweets, including Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and more. And for ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Half-Marathon PR Playlist

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Happy December! (Can you believe it's the last month of 2013? Me neither.) I hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving! I've grown to love running tune-free when I have a fun training buddy to chat with or when my body is feeling great and I'm "running" on all cylinders. ;) But when my muscles start to burn and my brain starts to wander, not much can beat a powerful, fast-paced playlist. One researcher compares the impact of a good ...continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Strip at Night Half-Marathon Race Recap + Sam’s Birthday Celebration!

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Talk about cutting it close! About five weeks shy of my bucket list goal to fill up the medal rack I received last Christmas, the journey is complete. I just arrived back from one amazing weekend in Las Vegas to celebrate my girl Sam's birthday and run the Rock 'n' Roll Strip at Night Half-Marathon together. Sam and I met while both working at FITNESS and became great friends from there, so of course I had to hydrate in fitting ...continue reading